A Toast (Or Three) for the New Year! Five-Minute Plant-Based Ideas for a Power Breakfast or Lunch

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Well, my friends, we are two days in to the year 2015!  I don’t know about you, but I am excited for a fresh new year, with new experiences and opportunities to learn and grow.  While I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions, my goal for this year is to approach life with more positivity.  I have a tendency to complicate a situation with over-thinking and worrying.  This year, I’m striving to quiet the negative self-talk and stay in the moment, instead of imagining everything that could go wrong.  It’s not going to be easy, but change never is, whether it’s adopting a new exercise program, eating healthier, or saving money.  In addition to clearing out old thought patterns, I’m working on cutting out the clutter in our home.  It feels so good starting the new year with less stuff hanging around.  I’m all about simplifying this year, in all areas of my life.  Sometimes, the simple things are the best.  Speaking of simple, let’s talk about some yummy five-minute toast!

Toast

Creatively topped toast seems to be everywhere these days.  I, for one, love this trend.  The first time I tried avocado on top of my toast a few years ago, I was hooked!  Almond butter topped with sliced apples or pears with a sprinkle of cinnamon is another old stand-by.  While I’m not re-inventing the wheel with these toast ideas, I hope to inspire some of your own creations!  These toasts are simple, and can be made up in minutes.  Just a few small touches make this toast feel special, even gourmet.  They’re a fast, easy, and nutritious option for fueling you through your morning or afternoon.  Or serve alongside some nice hot soup for an easy dinner.

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Elvis Impersonator

You may or may not know that Elvis’ favorite sandwich was grilled peanut butter and banana.  While I love a grilled peanut butter and banana, this impersonator is just as obsess-worthy.  It’s also a bit healthier, and even quicker to make.  It features some special healthy and tasty additions, making it a grown-up p.b. and b.

Greek
The Greek

This Mediterranean-inspired toast is a spin on the traditional avocado-topped toast that I enjoy at least a couple times a week.  Cucumbers, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes add vibrant flavors, while red pepper flakes give it a little kick.  I’ve made this particular combination several times this week, and I can’t stop thinking about it!  It’s definitely my favorite combo so far.

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Indian Spiced Chickpea Toast

If you like Indian flavors, you will love this easy toast idea.  Chickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber, iron, and zinc.  A drizzle of olive oil ups the healthy fats, while a squeeze of lime adds a bit of vitamin C to help absorb more nutrients.  This toast will help you push through your busy day with tons of energy, or makes a great pick-me-up snack for those afternoon slumps.

Join me in “toasting” to the new year!  I bet you can come up with even more tasty ideas to top your toast.  Let us know what your favorite combo is!toasty ideasTo Make:

Elvis Impersonator

Ingredients:

1 slice of toasted bread of choice (I like Ezekial Sprouted Whole Grain Bread)

half of a large banana

2 Tbsp natural peanut butter, unsalted

honey or maple syrup

shredded coconut, toasted if desired

sea salt

cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Instructions:  While your bread is toasting, mash and mix banana and peanut butter in a small bowl.  Spread over toast and top with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, cacao nibs, coconut, and a tiny pinch of sea salt.

The Greek

Ingredients:

1 slice of bread, toasted

1/2 of a small or 1/4 of a large avocado

sliced cucumber

sliced olives

sun-dried tomatoes

olive oil, spices/seasonings of choice (I used an Italian spice mix and red pepper flakes), sea salt

Instructions: While your bread is toasting, roughly mash your avocado and spread on toast, top with cucumber, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of seasonings and salt.

Indian Spiced Chickpea Toast

makes enough to top two slices of toast

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed well

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

fresh greens or herbs, lime or lemon wedge

Instructions:  Mash chickpeas in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.  Stir in olive oil, spices, and salt and transfer to a small pot and heat over low heat, roughly mashing the chickpeas as they cook. If the mixture seems dry, add a splash of water or another teaspoon of olive oil.  Heat until warm, and spoon onto toasted bread.  Alternately, you could pulse the chickpeas, oil, and spices in a mini food processor a few times before heating.  Spoon about half of the mixture onto your toasted bread.  Top with fresh herbs like cilantro, or fresh greens, and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.  Store leftover chickpea mash in the fridge for future toast 🙂

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5 thoughts on “A Toast (Or Three) for the New Year! Five-Minute Plant-Based Ideas for a Power Breakfast or Lunch

  1. I’ve been dying for filling and energizing breakfasts that I can cram down my throat on the subway, and the Elvis Impersonator is IT! I love the Indian Chickpea one….I can’t stomach savory for breakfast, but it looks like a killer lunch addition! Although I don’t think my dinky GF bread would be able to harness a whole can of beans. You know how those damn breads are!

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    1. So glad you liked the toast ideas, I hope you give them a whirl! I know all too well the fragile nature of a gf slice! Might have to use a fork. Or perhaps a gf wrap? And thanks for alerting me to the fact I did not actually specify how much chickpea mixture to put on the toast, it’ll be about half, so there’s enough for two toasts! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, much appreciated!

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  2. Reblogged this on a little bit of laura and commented:
    This post on feedingyourbeauty.com really inspired me! I am always struggling with snacks and things I am “allowed” to eat on this lyme diet. I get sick of the same old things, but today my snack was a welcome and refreshing change.

    This is my take on Larice’s awesome toast toppers. I call it “The Green Goodness”.

    Top your toast in this order:
    1 Slice Toast (I used sprouted grains today)
    1/2 avocado mashed directly onto toast
    salt and pepper to taste
    sprinkle of fresh sweet peas
    Handful of alfalfa sprouts
    drizzle of lime juice
    sprinkle of cilantro

    Yum and so refreshing!

    Larice, I hope you don’t mind me reblogging some of your stuff. If you do, please let me know! Thank you so much for your inspiration 🙂 🙂

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    1. Laura I love your green goddess toast topper idea!!! That sound fabulous and I’m definitely trying it with my next avocado toast! So happy to have inspired your snackage and you are welcome to reblog my recipes anytime, such a huge compliment and I appreciate it very much! You are a dear! 😊

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